Date: 12/02/2002

University of Western Sydney students Francine Heath and Joanne Cohen recently received awards in the 2002 National Council of Women of New South Wales Australia Day Awards.

The Department for Women sponsored Francine Heath for her National Council of Women of New South Wales Australia Day Award.

A part-time Honours student from Penrith, Francine has recently completed her Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts). In addition to her Honours, Francine is studying a Bachelor of Teaching -Secondary.

Francine's goal is to become an established artist and to further her knowledge in the art industry.

Her creative talents can be seen in her sculptures at various locations, including Jamison Park, Penrith and the UWS Penrith Campus (Kingswood).

Francine was also a recipient of the William Fletcher Trust Grant and the Student Union Indigenous Award for High Grades in Second Year (1999).

"My long term goal is to complete a Masters degree within the arts and eventually take on a role as lecturer within a university system," Francine said.

Joanne Cohen, a nursing student from Oakdale, was sponsored for the award by Australian Church Women, NSW Unit.

Joanne has previously worked with the Housing Industry Association and later with Liverpool Health Service. She will graduate from UWS this year with a Bachelor of Nursing.

"When I reflect on the past three years of study, I recall more than sleepless nights and challenging days. I remember why I chose nursing as my new career, and what nursing means to me," Joanne said.

"It means I can provide unconditional help and care; and collaborate in an open and constructive manner with other health care workers."

Joanne has recently gained a health care position with the Corrections Health Service.

The Governor of New South Wales and Patron of the National Council of Women (NSW Inc.), Professor Marie Bashir, AC, said she was proud of the Council's continuing efforts to encourage Australian women towards achievement and excellence in their educational endeavours.

The 2002 National Council of Women of New South Wales Australia Day Awards are given to women of achievement who are undertaking tertiary studies or research in the senior years of their education.


Media contact:
Media Officer, Suzie Vlaming, 4570 1308 or 0414 308 701; email: s.vlaming@uws.edu.au